Professional Development Classes

The Judiciary and the ADA: Disability Relevance in the Court System
Upcoming Virtual Trainings - Descriptions

Please contact Peggy Cadwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to these trainings.

The Court and ADA Policy Modifications/Accommodations

Friday, October 15
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

A disability related court participation barrier may be created for persons or a particular person with a disability because of a “steadfast” rule or policy or due to the way things are usually done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act any barriers to court users with disabilities to participate in the court system must be removed to the maximum extent possible. Join us and learn about these ADA requirements regarding courts making reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures (better known as court accommodations) to afford equal participation opportunity to a person with a disability barring fundamental alteration. This training will include best practices regarding disability related barrier removal.

The Court and ADA Effective Communication

Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, effective communication means that communication must be as clear and understandable to people with disabilities as it is for people who do not have disabilities. The standard for achieving effective communication is on the outcome of the communication where information is clearly understood by both parties. This training will cover what appropriate steps the court must take to ensure that communications with the public, including court users’ companions with disabilities, are as effective as communications with others.

The ADA and Service Animals

Friday, November 12, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

This presentation will cover the following topics and will be accompanied by beneficial Q&A: what an Americans with Disabilities Act defined service animal is and if comfort animals are protected; the what and when questions can be asked of the service animal handler; where a service animal is allowed to go and under what circumstances a service animal can be excluded; when leashes or tethers must be utilized; if certification and harnesses are required; who is responsible for the animal’s care; if the handler must pay for damages caused by the animal; can specific breeds of animals be excluded; and who uses service animals. Included is how the New Mexico Service Animal Act comes into play with the ADA. Helpful publications and resources will be shared.

 

NM Center for Language Access
New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts 

202 E. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
aocjmk@nmcourts.gov
505 469-5728

 
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